uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West Malvern Town ended 2019 with a commanding 3-0 victory over Shortwood United yesterday.
Two first half goals from George Hayes and a second half strike from Kyonn Evans saw Town secure a deserved three points.
“It was a satisfying all-round performance,” said co-manager, Lee Hooper. “The whole squad, to a man, played their part with great work-rate and every battle won. In possession we kept the ball really well and created some good chances. If anything we could have been more clinical in front of goal and won by a bigger margin. To keep a clean sheet was also a great achievement, particularly as all of our centre halves were missing, but the lads that stepped in did well in an unfamiliar role and I was also pleased for Pinds [Chris Pinder] that he kept a clean sheet."
“The back-line were well protected by the midfield who dictated the pace of the game, whilst the front two were great again and so difficult to defend against. Kyonn got his reward with the third goal, whilst the wide-men got up and down the pitch well and George deserved his two well-taken goals. All three substitutes made an impact and gave us that push for our third goal."
“It was a really pleasing performance for us and the fans, who once more turned out in good numbers and really got behind us throughout. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone associated with the club a Happy New Year. I am certainly very excited by what 2020 holds in store for the club.”
THE HILLSIDERS: Pinder, Smith, Hunt, Harris, Craven (B. Febery 77), Loader (Skidmore 63), Hayes, Turner (Platt 75), Evans, Reynolds, Clark. Sub not used: Hooper. GOAL(S): Hayes (2), Evans ATTENDANCE 177.